Mercedes’ motorsport boss Toto Wolff has apologised on behalf of the entire team to Lewis Hamilton after he suffered a second retirement of the season.
Hamilton again finds himself playing catch up in the race for this year’s Formula One world championship after failing to score in the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, with team-mate Nico Rosberg finishing second.
Although both cars suffered a loss of one of the energy recovery systems - the MGU-K - Hamilton was forced to retire after 47 laps as a consequence of the failure of his rear brakes.
Gallingly for Hamilton, title rival Robserg managed to work through the difficulties posed by the loss of power and brakes.
Although at one stage with a train of three cars behind him as they had closed down the gap to the leader, only Daniel Ricciardo in his Red Bull found a way past to claim his maiden victory.
With a 22-point cushion now to Rosberg, Hamilton is adamant he can again claw back the deficit, as he did when he trailed the German by 25 points following the season-opening race in Australia.
For his part, Wolff felt particularly bad for Hamilton post-race as he said: “First of all, we have talked and we are just sorry to have let Lewis down.
“It is a shame, particularly with the championship as close as it is, but he is in good spirits and he is a fighter and I have no doubt he will come back.”
“As for Nico, he deserved to take those points because he had a car that was heavily handicapped against all the others.”